A Man's Kimono - Hakama
Hakama, which may look like a skirt in this photograph, are actually a pair of pleated pants, worn over a kimono. Hakama are worn today on formal occasions, and are also used in the practice of the traditional martial arts such as Aikido, Kendo (fencing) and archery.
In the martial arts, it is said that the seven pleats of a hakama represent the seven virtues of bushido which are:
Gi --the right decision
Yu -- bravery
Jin -- universal love, benevolence toward mankind; compassion
Rei -- right action, courtesy
Makoto -- sincerity, truthfulness
Meiyo -- honor
Chugi -- devotion, loyalty
A Man's Kimono - Yukata
In the Summer a man may wear a yukata with wooden geta sandals to a festival or a temple
A Woman's Kimono - Sleeve Design
The sleeves of the kimono indicate the age and marital status of a woman. A young unmarried woman would wear a furisode, a colorful kimono with flowing sleeves that hang almost to the ankles. The Furisode, made of of chirimen and decorated by yuuzen, is appropriate to wear on formal and ceremonial occasions, such as weddings.
Woman's Kimono - Yukata
In the summer,many women wear a yukata, a light-weight cotton kimono, to attend festivals. Most yukata are navy blue and white, but girls and young women sometimes wear brightly colored, floral pattered yukata. Some people wear them around the house. Japanese inns and hot spring resorts often provide yukata for guests to wear in their rooms.